4th November 2011–Bouchemaine

Our first full day in France again!  The drive today was about six hours and we arrived at Bouchemaine Aire (pg 464 3rd Edition All the Aires France, Vicarious Books, AAFVB) in the Loire Valley about 4pm. 

It was quite quiet when we got there so we were able to pick our pitch for ease of leaving, but by the morning it was practically full up.  The Aire is very nicely laid out and in the summer there are showers and laundry facilities, but this time of year everything else was still available….and for free!  The Aire is situated right on the bank of the River Loire and if we’d had more time we would have cycled along the towpath.

Bouchemaine Aire    Bouchemaine Aire (2)   Bouchemaine Aire (Loire River)

French, Dutch, German and Belgian ‘vans were all here along with the UK contingent so the multi-cultural experience has begun!

About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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2 Responses to 4th November 2011–Bouchemaine

  1. Russell says:

    I am still a novice with “aires” but that one looks and sounds super! We cross the water on Sunday…

  2. Dean says:

    Hi Russell! Yep, it’s a good aire, well worth stopping for a couple of days. We got on without any trouble with the trailer, so you will be fine and nice and easy to find!

    It is free too as i is out of season, with fresh water and drainage still available.

    Bon voyage! Still living the dream… 🙂

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